Stephen Katona

Bronze Star - 2,279 Points (26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

Paul The Octopus And His World Cup Success - Poem by Stephen Katona

A common octopus called Paul,
Became famous in the world of football,
When he managed to guess,
Team Germany's success,
At the World Cup in 2010,
Over and over again.

Like all of his kind,
He was colour blind,
But liked shapes well defined,
Choosing Germany, Serbia and Spain,
Whose flags all contain,
Horizontal layers,
When he knew nothing of players.

Perhaps stripes Gold, Red and Black,
Reminded him of a favourite snack.
So it turns out it was only chance,
That told him who would advance.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this poem at the same time as some other octopus poems not thinking how relevant it was for the world cup. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw google had used Paul as part of their animation on the same day I'd decided to upload it.

Comments about Paul The Octopus And His World Cup Success by Stephen Katona

  • Rookie - 483 Points Stephen W (8/13/2014 5:56:00 PM)

    Doh! You spoiled my fun! I thought Paul was psychic: -) (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 397 Points Jeffrey Tillery (7/14/2014 11:38:00 PM)

    True then, better in 2014! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,352 Points Amitava Sur (6/22/2014 8:15:00 PM)

    Enjoyed reading the poem, picked up a very interesting side of innocent Paul the great in 2010 (Report) Reply

    Bronze Star - 2,279 Points Stephen Katona (6/22/2014 8:53:00 PM)

    Thank you Amitava, Sunprincess, Colleen and Neela.

  • Gold Star - 14,297 Points * Sunprincess * (6/22/2014 3:54:00 PM)

    ............enjoyed reading this fun write....and congratulations on poem of the day..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 37 Points Colleen Courtney (6/22/2014 7:59:00 AM)

    Congrats on not just another wonderful animated poem but on attaining two great successes! Google and Poem Of The Day! Am honored to call you friend! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,678 Points Neela Nath (6/22/2014 7:44:00 AM)

    Very relevant poem.Congrats! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 68 Points Susy Evelyne (6/17/2014 9:33:00 AM)

    Brilliant, Paul. Enjoyed this very much. (Report) Reply

    Bronze Star - 2,279 Points Stephen Katona (6/17/2014 10:26:00 AM)

    Thank you Susy. Now where is my fan poster of Paul now...?

  • Gold Star - 33,957 Points Gajanan Mishra (6/17/2014 9:28:00 AM)

    know nothing of players, good writing, thanks. (Report) Reply

    Bronze Star - 2,279 Points Stephen Katona (6/17/2014 10:27:00 AM)

    Thank you Gajanan. I hope it made you smile.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 18, 2014


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